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Introduction

Zaragoza from Basillica de Nuestra señora del pilar

Zaragoza from Basillica de Nuestra señora del pilar

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Aragon is one of the 17 autonomous regions in Spain. It is a region with a lot of diversity. In the north it has a border with France, and lies in the Pyrenees, while in the south you will find the arid plains of central Spain.

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Geography

Aragon is the fourth largest region in Spain, when measured in size. In the north it has an international border with France. In the east lies Catalonia and the Valencian Community, in the south and west are Castile-La Mancha and Castile and León and in the northwest you will find Navarre and Basque Country.

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Towns and villages

  • Torla - Gateway to the Ordesa National Park
  • Jaca - town near the French border. Interesting cathedral and citadel. Good base for seeing the area around - evening bus to Hecho, Siresa and Anso
  • Canfranc - Right on the border with France - bus through the Pyrenees to Oleron - Ste Marie
  • Hecho - Beautiful valley between mountains to the French border from here. A delightful village with a number of distinctive features. Evening bus only from Jaca.
  • Anso - Terminus of the bus from Jaca (above) after crossing mountains from Hecho. Another stunning valley
  • Siresa - A short distance up the valley from Hecho - a fine 9th century monastery (key available from above the bar.)

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Sights and Activities

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Events and Festivals

International Folk Festival, Zaragoza, Spain 2007

International Folk Festival, Zaragoza, Spain 2007

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Fiestas del Pilar

  • Las Fiestas del Pilar is the main festival in Zaragoza and starts on October 12th. It lasts for nine days with many events including an opening speech, bands, dances, procession of gignates y cabezubos that are figures made from papier mache, a final fireworks show over the Ebro River, and the bull festival. One of the more popular events is on the 12th when locals make a giant cloak of flowers for the Virgin.

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Getting There

By Plane

Zaragoza Airport (ZAZ) is a medium sized airport outside of the city of Zaragoza and the main gateway to Aragon by plane. It is also a Spanish Airforce Base and an emergency landing strip for the NASA Space Shuttle. There is a bus service that connects the airport to the city every half hour.
Currently, Air Europa flies to Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife-South, Air Nostrum to A Coruña, Frankfurt, Madrid and Paris-Orly, and Ryanair to Alicante, Brussels-South Charleroi, London-Stansted, Milan-Orio al Serio and Rome-Ciampino.

By Train

Intermodal Zaragoza Delicias Station is the main train station in Zaragoza. The city is on the Madrid to Barcelona Spanish High Speed railway line. Madrid is only 1 hour and 15 minutes by train and Barcelona is only 1 hour and 30 minutes. There are also long distance railway lines and local Cercanías lines, which are slower.

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Population
1.277.471
Area
47.719 km2

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